Edgar Wright fans, rejoice: you no longer have to wait until fall this year to see the filmmaker's latest picture, aptly titled The World’s End. Distributor Focus Features has decided to push the movie’s U.S. opening date up from October 25th to August 23rd, putting audiences two whole months closer to its theatrical run.
Though no rationale was offered, the studio’s announcement comes four months after principal photography on The World’s End wrapped last December. No longer in competition with Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 5, the move now puts Wright’s film up against Sony’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Lionsgate’s You’re Next, both mid-to-low budget genre productions.
For the British wunderkind’s loyal viewer base, none of this is likely to matter - the faster The World’s End arrives in U.S. theaters, the better. So even though studios traditionally treat August as a dumping ground for their late-season bombs, the change should come as nothing but great news for everyone who’s anxious to see how Wright capstones his “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy (starting with Shaun of the Dead and continuing with Hot Fuzz) - as well as watch him work in a directorial capacity with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, two mainstay players in his filmography, for the first time in six years.
For anyone unfamiliar with The World's End storyline:
The film starts 20 years after five childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl. The friends reunite when one of them becomes hell-bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
Wright has quickly established himself as a filmmaker to watch since leaping to international prominence in 2004 with the aforementioned Shaun of the Dead and following it up with 2007's Hot Fuzz and 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Even though he’s only personally helmed one movie every few years, he’s produced, written, and acted in projects ranging from Attack the Block to The Adventures of Tintin to Son of Rambow. Despite his ubiquity, though, he’s never better than when he’s seated in the director’s chair; it’s for good reason that The World’s End is one of Screen Rant’s 25 most anticipated movies in 2013.
So get ready to partake in an apocalyptic, cinematic pub crawl a lot earlier than expected. We've already been teased with a handful of stills featuring the main cast - Pegg, Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan- as well as posters, one of which hints at the sort of horrors, monstrosities, and oddities our heroes will encounter over the course of the film.
If you're not already giddy with excitement at the prospect of a new Wright movie, now's the time to start getting hyped.
The World's End opens in the US on August 23rd, 2013.
Source: Coming Soon